giving blood. Any problems

by snappyandrew   July 29, 2013  

Hi there
I'm due to give give blood tomorrow and do the ride London thing on Sunday. I've done this distance before but not in the week before a big ride. This should be ok shouldn't it or should I swerve it?
Cheers
Andrew

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Your body should have fully recovered by Sunday. If you look up online how long it takes to restore the pint of blood, I'm pretty sure its just a couple of days and you should have no adverse effects.

If it was tomorrow you were doing the ride, I would be wary, but its 5 days after your donation, you should be fine

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posted by Gkam84 [8680 posts]
29th July 2013 - 15:13

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Q: How long will it take to replenish the pint?

A: Blood volume is replaced within 24 hours. Red cells need about 4 to 8 weeks for complete replacement. You need to wait 56 days or 8 weeks to donate again.

Q: How will I feel after donation?

A: Most people feel great! Donors who know what to expect and have eaten regular meals before donating are usually fine. After donating, drink extra fluids for the next 24 hours.

Q: How soon after donating can I get back to my regular routine?

A: Right away. Just avoid lifting, pushing or picking up heavy objects for about 4 or 5 hours after giving blood.

http://www.bnl.gov/hr/blooddrive/FAQ.asp

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posted by Gkam84 [8680 posts]
29th July 2013 - 15:15

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You should be fine- my donation sessions are usually always on a Friday and don't imnpact on rides on Saturday or Sunday-I just avoid going out on the Friday evening. Still useful excuse to have if you get dropped though!

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posted by Otis Bragg [103 posts]
29th July 2013 - 15:49

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Looking to shift a few cells to avoid that high hematocrit you know is just around the corner?

posted by chokofingrz [247 posts]
29th July 2013 - 16:01

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My Spanish doctor assures me it's fine

posted by snappyandrew [61 posts]
29th July 2013 - 16:13

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I wouldn't worry should be fine!

+1 snappyandrew

posted by Cycle_Jim [281 posts]
29th July 2013 - 16:40

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Just look at it as altitude training....what doesn't kill you only makes you stronger.

posted by Colin Peyresourde [1079 posts]
29th July 2013 - 17:45

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I'm sure it'll be fine but probably worth mentioning to the nurse during the pre blood giving check and let her confirm (rather than let us lot give you the all clear based on internet searches and our own experience). Smile

After all, we are all different and don't know your personal health history.

Hat off to you for donating!

2014 Ride100 London Sportive
http://www.justgiving.com/Sponsor-Tim

posted by Tinternet_tim [74 posts]
29th July 2013 - 19:52

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Tyler Hamilton says it makes you feel a bit washed out for days afterwards! Reading his book suggests that it affects you for two weeks. It is putting it back in that is the dodgy bit, gives you the chills... according to him Big Grin

posted by SideBurn [764 posts]
29th July 2013 - 22:59

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Give your blood mate, its worth it and you can always do another ride.

Due to having extensive tattoo's i'm not allowed to give blood for a while which is a shame as its a worthwhile cause.

If you must break the law, do it to seize power: in all other cases observe it. Gaius Julius Caesar.

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posted by stumps [2664 posts]
29th July 2013 - 23:53

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stumps wrote:
Due to having extensive tattoo's i'm not allowed to give blood for a while which is a shame as its a worthwhile cause.

To be fair, having ACAB tattooed across your knuckles was a fairly bad idea, both personally and professionally wasn't it?

I've often found that going out on the piss straight after donating blood has "interesting" effects. Although I do recommend lining your stomach with the free biscuits, tea and orange squash.

posted by farrell [1281 posts]
30th July 2013 - 11:43

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Gkam84 wrote:
If you look up online how long it takes to restore the pint of blood, I'm pretty sure its just a couple of days

Its quicker than that if you know a bloke with a moped...

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posted by didds [41 posts]
30th July 2013 - 20:51

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My expert advice... is to seek expert advice.

Don't take medical advice from faceless people on the internet.

Sir Velo

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posted by Raleigh [1728 posts]
30th July 2013 - 22:40

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Although yeah it will probably be fine.

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posted by Raleigh [1728 posts]
30th July 2013 - 22:40

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Don't give it all...

"I can't believe I ate the whole thing..."

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posted by Cooks [478 posts]
30th July 2013 - 23:44

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I gave blood then went out many years ago. Fainted twice the next morning when trying to take a whiz. Couldn't work out what was happening when I was waking up on the floor of the toilet.

posted by DrJDog [80 posts]
31st July 2013 - 11:21

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I'm doing an 80 mile sportive on Sunday, so I opted for a donation on Monday. Somebody is going to be getting a pint of tired blood!

posted by keef66 [27 posts]
1st August 2013 - 11:40

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If you do intensive exercise the day before you donate it could mean you fail the Haemoglobin/Iron test they do if your levels are naturally not especially high. If you pass the thumb prick test after an 80 mile sportive then that's a sign your blood doping Wink

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posted by arrieredupeleton [536 posts]
1st August 2013 - 11:57

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